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What can I do about chronic yeast infections?

I have a problem with chronic yeast infections. It seems that 7 out of every 10 sexual encounters lands me with a yeast infection. Whenever I go to a doctor, I get tested for yeast, bacteria, gonorrhea and chlamydia… the diagnosis is sometimes yeast infection and sometimes bacterial vaginosis. What else could be causing my problem? Do you have any ideas to keep my yeast infections at bay? What STDs and health issues can cause vaginal itching?

How do I get rid of crabs?

I’m a 20-year-old questioning my sexual orientation. I recently had sex with a guy and got crabs. I bought Kewllada, washed myself as instructed and followed up with a fine tooth comb. I soaked my clothes, sheets and quilts in hot water and dried them. I also scrubbed my room. Three days later, I washed with the lice cream again, and repeated that again four days later. Now I have crabs again even though I have not been sexually active. I’ve washed everything four times and I can’t get rid of them! Please help!

What other infections have symptoms similar to bacterial vaginosis?

Recently after sex, I experience an itch on my clitoris and vaginal opening. Sometimes it hurts. I looked at my vagina using a mirror and I noticed a white discharge. This only happens after sex, even when we use condoms. Why? Could it be from having different sex partners and switching to a new one? About a month ago I had gardnerella.

What symptoms are common for STD infections and how can you tell if you have an STD?

What are the signs of STDs, and how you know if you have them? Also, are some STD symptoms similar to yeast infections?

I had oral sex seven months ago and just noticed some bumps on my vagina...do I have herpes?

The last time I had sexual contact with anyone was about 7 months ago. I've never had sexual intercourse; however, I have performed oral sex and had it performed on me (without a dental dam). I have developed a mild itch and redness on my labia majora and I noticed one or two hard, painless bumps on my labia minora. Do I have herpes? 

Is this a pimple or do I have herpes?

Can you get a pimple on your outer vaginal area? My boyfriend and I have been having unprotected sex for more than three years, but I get tested every year and I haven’t tested positive for anything so far. Recently, when he inserted his penis, I felt some discomfort...not inside, but when his penis hit the outside. Then I found this bump, very sore to the touch and looks like a pimple. Once I popped it, it didn’t hurt as much and it’s slowly going away. Should I be concerned about herpes?

Am I at risk for herpes after visiting a massage parlor and having a “happy ending”?

About two weeks ago, I went to a massage parlor where I got a massage that finished with a “happy ending” (hand job). The outside of my anus was slightly massaged with a finger and my mouth was on her breast. I also caressed between her legs outside her pants. Now I’m worried about STDs because I noticed a round, scaly dry sore on the inside of my bicep and I’ve been experiencing flu-like symptoms. Also, the tip of my penis is slightly red and the top of my testicles has a red blotch. I’ve already been tested for herpes and am awaiting the results. How at risk am I for herpes? 

I’m a virgin...could I have herpes?

I think I have genital herpes...I have a rash on my legs, and sometimes on the head of my penis. I am not married yet and I never had any kind of intercourse, oral sex or genital rubbing...so I don’t know how I got these symptoms. I shower daily, and I’m neat and clean. But I live in a hot and sweaty climate, and my legs get really sweaty during the summer. Could that be the cause?

Are small blisters in my vaginal area a symptom of herpes?

I recently found some small blisters in my vaginal area. They’re becoming painful. Do I have a yeast infection, or is it something else...like maybe herpes?

Is an all-body rash a symptom of herpes?

My brother’s girlfriend has had a rash for about six weeks, and my brother got it about a week after being with her. The rash covers their entire bodies and it blisters. I think it sounds like herpes, but could it be something else?